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Theories of Urban Structure. Theories of the Chicago School. The Chicago School. University of Chicago Center for Urban Geography in US. Ernest Burgess, 1925. Attempt to explain social groupings within urban areas Location would be determined largely by distance from the center

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Theories of urban structure

Theories of Urban Structure

Theories of the Chicago School


The chicago school
The Chicago School

  • University of Chicago

  • Center for Urban Geography in US


Ernest burgess 1925
Ernest Burgess, 1925

  • Attempt to explain social groupings within urban areas

  • Location would be determined largely by distance from the center

  • Concentric Zone Model


Homer hoyt 1939
Homer Hoyt, 1939

  • Some criticisms of Burgess model

  • Actual US cities have more variation

    • Poor along rail lines

    • Commercial uses along major streets

  • Sector Model

    • Wedge-shaped pattern


Harris ullman 1945
Harris & Ullman, 1945

  • Cities can have more than one center or nucleus

  • Suburbs are becoming parts of city

  • Areas grouped by function


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